Des Freedman is Professor of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London, and co-editor (with Michael Bailey) of openDemocracy's Capitalism and the University strand that ran in 2011/12 as well as the collection of essays 'The Assault on Universities' (2011). He is the author of 'The Contradictions of Media Power' (2014) and 'The Politics of Media Policy' (2008) and secretary of Goldsmiths UCU branch.
Published in: openDemocracyUK: NewsGoldsmiths strike: Why we’re fighting the marketisation of higher education
In recent weeks, many UK universities have seen staff walkouts in protest against pension cuts, deteriorating...
The Augar Review – an “all out ideological assault” hidden behind progressive figleaves
New proposals for post-18 education will reduce access for many poorer students, and show an incredibly narrow view...
In defence of (some) conspiracy theory
Of course powerful people organise together. Dismissing everyone who challenges them as "conspiracy theorists" is dangerous
'Fake news’ and Facebook: symptoms not causes of democratic decline
Westminster's Fake News Inquiry has some good recommendations, but provides too many scapegoats for our failing politics.
Big media and big money in 2017 - from Disney/Murdoch to Net Neutrality
This week’s events have shown that the new digital media landscape is every bit as monopolistic as the old one. And...
Published in: HomeMedia and twenty first century fake democracy
The ‘real’ fake news is not an exception to but the logical result of a market economy that privileges short-term...